Coach Stephen Keshi yesterday named a 26-man list of home-based players for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad.Back-to-form Super Eagles’ defender, Azubuike Egwuekwe tops the list.
Players from the nation’s only surviving team in continental competition, Warri Wolves, dominated the list with goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, defender Solomon Kwambe, midfielder Michael Egbeta and striker Gbolahon Salami accompanying their captain to the national team camp.
Four players were invited from the camp of reigning Glo Premier League champions, Kano Pillars, three from Enyimba International, while Sunshine Stars, Gabros International, Sharks and Giwa FC have two players each. One player was invited from each of Heartland, Rangers, FC Taraba and Nasarawa United.
All the invited players are expected to report at the Bolton Hotel Apartments, Wuse, Abuja, on Tuesday.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars); Chidiebere Eze (Gabros International)
Defenders: Solomon Kwambe (Warri Wolves); Chibuzor Okonkwo (Gabros International); Idris Aloma (Enyimba FC); Chima Akas (Sharks FC); Nelson Ogbonnaya (Heartland FC); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Chinedu Udoji (Enyimba FC); Samuel Olabisi (FC Taraba); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars)
Midfielders: Nathaniel Joseph (Sharks FC); Michael Egbeta (Warri Wolves); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars); Igbinosa Esosa (Nasarawa United); Moses Ekpai Ubong (Kano Pillars); Henlong Charles (Giwa FC)
Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves); Ibrahim Shaibu (Giwa FC); Joe Omale (Dekina Dragons); Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves); Ezekiel Mbah (Kano Pillars); Onoriode Odah (Enugu Rangers); Azeez Shobowale (Kano Pillars)